Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 25 Jan 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: Paperback (ARC)
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Place(s) Traveled to: London, England // Moscow, Russia // Belovezhskaya Pushcha, Russia // Chernobyl, Ukraine
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
First Line: The Rottweiler’s head lay in a bush, just off the snow-sprinkled path.
Billi SanGreal Series Order
Book 1: Devil’s Kiss
Book 2: Dark Goddess
There are some books where I read them and then have no idea how to review them, Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda is one of those books. As with the first book in the series, Devil’s Kiss, Dark Goddess starts off with a bang and the action doesn’t let up until the final page. I read this one during April’s read-a-thon and its fast pace and edge of your seat scenes managed to keep me up in those really hard wee hours towards the end of the event. I fell in love with Billi and her world all over again and I loved meeting new characters (*cough*Ivan*cough) and oh how I hated for this book to end.
Dark Goddess is filled with great mythology and twists and turns and even a wee hint of romance which makes it perfect for any reader. Well, any reader who might not mind a little death and violence because Sarwat Chadda really doesn’t hold back with either of those things. But while it could be gory and gruesome the overall effect is more dark and gritty as that is the world that Billi lives in. One one hand she longs for a simple life but on the other she knows that if she doesn’t battle the monsters of the world then she knows that innocents will suffer. Billi is a character who is constantly tortured by what is right and her role in events. She knows that life is full of hard choices and she isn’t afraid to make them when she needs to.
Billi SanGreal is a kick-ass heroine and she is a girl to look up to. She is filled with self-doubt and yet its her doubts that give her strength to make those hard choices. She doesn’t blindly follow anyone’s lead and always tries to make her own choices and to do the right thing. Her choices aren’t always right but she admits to her mistakes and tries to do better next time. I could gush about my love of Billi SanGreal forever so just know that I adore this character so very muchly and I will try to move on.
Of the two books in this series I think that Dark Goddess is my favorite since I already know the main background of all the characters and basic set up of the world. This allows for little info dumps in the story, where needed, and more time and attention can be devoted to the plot. And oh what a plot. If you like twists and turns and heart-achy moments then you really need to read this book. Its was always hard to fully predict where things would go. Though Chadda is good at leaving little nugget trails through out the book so you could piece things together as the story progresses. This is one story where there are no major WTF-ery moments and during the big reveal a reader is more apt to go “oooohhh that makes total sense now.” I loved this book and I really really really really really want to see more books in this series. So please, if you harbor any love for me at all run out to your nearest bookstore and buy this book. You will be rewarded with an excellent story and if enough of you do it then maybe one day I’ll get another Bill SanGreal book. Its win-win!